What To Do About Baby Teeth Cavities
and Other Common Questions
Do you need to fill cavities in baby teeth?
Cavities are infections. Cavities in baby teeth can be repaired with fillings or crowns, which prevent an infection from causing pain, spreading, requiring the removal of the tooth or worse harming a child’s health. Removing baby teeth prematurely can interfere with a child’s speaking, growth and eating. Baby teeth also hold the place for future permanent teeth, so their loss can lead to future orthodontic problems.
Do cavities in baby teeth affect adult teeth?
Cavities in baby teeth can affect adult teeth if the decay is extensive enough. The bacteria in the decay could cause a dental abscess which could spread down to and potentially damage the adult tooth under it.
Are crowns better than fillings?
The main difference is the amount of protection the crown provides. Crowns support and strengthen teeth. This is because of the way the crown cups over and encases it.
Crowns restore a tooth's shape, size and function - and can look very natural depending on the type of crown.
Why would a child need a crown?
Commonly a crown is placed on baby teeth to support and protect a severely decayed tooth that is too weak for a filling, or to cover and protect a tooth that is badly damaged.
Are crowns on baby teeth necessary?
Because the enamel of baby teeth is thinner than the enamel of permanent teeth, decay can spread quickly between the teeth. Crowns can be used to save the decayed tooth, and also prevent the spread of decay and infection to other areas of the mouth or body. Crowns restore a tooth’s shape, size and function.
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Why do they put silver caps on baby teeth?
Stainless steel crowns are metal caps used by dental professionals to repair a decayed baby tooth and prevent it from decaying further. They are made to restore the tooth shape, size and function to teeth with large or deep cavities or teeth that have unusual crowding or compromised enamel. If a filling is used to restore a baby molar, the tooth may decay again or the dental filling may break due to the shape of the tooth and biting forces on it.
Do dental crowns look natural?
Pediatric dental crowns can look very natural and can even enhance appearance based on the material or covering it has. A crown can restore a tooth’s shape, size and improve its appearance. It can look very natural and similar to the original teeth depending on which type of crown it is.
Why does my child get so many cavities?
Often parents assume children get cavities because they’re not encouraging them to brush and floss. While brushing and flossing is important, tooth decay is actually a disease known as dental caries and can be caused by specific germs, diets/habits, spreads easily within families, and can last a lifetime.
How can I prevent my child from getting cavities?
It’s important to start good oral habits early. Start by teaching your kids to brush twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste and to floss regularly. Using fluoride makes it harder for acid to penetrate the enamel by toughening it. Also remember to limit or avoid certain foods (especially those containing sugar) and make sure they’re drinking plenty of water.
How do I brush my 1 year old’s teeth?
You can start to brush your baby’s teeth as soon as the first tooth appears. Brush your child’s teeth with a soft toothbrush and water, but do not use toothpaste. It may be difficult at first, but your baby will become used to this routine.
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Can you reverse tooth decay?
Enamel can repair itself by using minerals from saliva, and fluoride from toothpaste or other sources. However, if the tooth decay process continues, the enamel will be weakened or destroyed, forming a cavity. A cavity is permanent damage that will not be reversed by brushing.
Are crowns on teeth painful?
There may be some sensitivity or soreness after the procedure is over and the anesthesia has worn off, however, the pain is minimal and shouldn’t last long with good cleaning.